Biography of Thomas J. Hancock
Tipton County, IN Biographies





THOMAS J. HANCOCK, real estate and railroad agent, was born in Clark County, Ind., July 28, 1843. His parents were James T. and Catherine (Jackson) Hancock, both natives of Kentucky. They emigrated to Indiana about 1831, and were married in Washington County, Ind., in 1836. His father, a farmer, came to Tipton County in 1860, and died here in 1879, his wife following him one year later; they were highly esteemed citizens, and spent their declining years in easy circumstances. Thomas is the fifth of a family of eight children, seven of whom are living, three in Tipton County, Ind., and the remainder in Missouri and Kansas. He never had school privileges, but his application and experience have given him good business education. He was reared on a farm, and in 1861 enlisted in Company F, Eleventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until November, 1862. During that time, he participated in the sieges of Forts Henry, llyndman and Donelson, the battle of Pittsburg Landing and the siege of Corinth; thence he went to Memphis, Tenn., and from there to Clarington, Ark. At Helena, Ark., he was taken sick and sent to the hospital, where he remained for two months; he was then transferred to Keokuk, Iowa, where he remained under the care of Sisters of Mercy until November, 1862, when he was discharged on account of general disability. The disease acquired during his service rendered him an invalid for two years after his return home. When sufficiently recovered. he engaged in farming and general trading, but his health would not admit of the labor of farming. He, in 1879, removed to Tipton, where he embarked in the real estate and railroad ticket business, which he has since continued with success. During his career as a real estate agent, he has handled more real estate than any man in the county in the same length of time, and has worked up the excursion ticket business to a degree of success never known before in the history of the county. Commencing life in limited circumstances, he has, by his energy and business ability, won for himself a handsome competence. No man has done more to advertise the advantages of the county and invite the investment of capital. October 8, 1863, he was married to Miss Mary A. Law, born in Tipton County, June 13, 1846, and daughter of William Law, one of the pioneers of the county. This union has brought him eight children, all of whom are living, Francis M., Zachariah T., Thomas F., Cora M., Captoley, William H., Mary C. and Charles Roscoe. Mr. Hancock is liberal to all deserving enterprises, having at one time donated ground worth $800 on which to erect a church, and he is in every sense a worthy citizen.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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